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Sling Blade [DVD] [1998] [Region 1]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • After catching his mother and her boyfriend "in flagrante delicto" and dispatching both of them with a farm implement known as a sling blade, a simpleminded 11-year-old boy is sent to a mental hospital where he spends the next 25 years. Upon his release, the emotionally and mentally stunted man-child returns to his Arkansas hometown and takes a job in a local garage, only to have the past inexorably repeat itself. An indie-film triumph, adapted by star-writer-director Thornton from his 1993 short, "Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade." Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Actor--Billy Bob Thornton. Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay.

    Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1996 Billy Bob Thornton Screenwriter/Actor

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  • Credits
    Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, Natalie Canerday
  • Critic Reviews
    "...This is a film that wants us to be alert and it repays our attention handsomely..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...A beautiful contraption of a movie....[SLING BLADE] haunts us..." -- Rating: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Riveting....SLING BLADE boasts a stupendous performance from Billy Bob Thornton..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Marked by some powerful scenes, fine performances and colorful dialogue....Yoakam is excellent..."
    Variety

    "...The movie is a work of great originality and fascination....[The] characters are brought to life with a vivid strength..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...A mesmerizing parable of good and evil and a splendid example of Southern storytelling at its most poetic and imaginative..."
    Los Angeles Times

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